Volcano erupts in Iceland, hundreds evacuated
REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Today there was a volcanic eruption in Iceland that resulted in hundreds of people being evacuated. The ash and molten lava that spewed forth filled the surrounding air with thick filthy gray smoke.
The Iceland volcano eruption happened in a tiny village to the south of Iceland. Fortunately there have, so far, been no injuries and no damage to property reported. This is the first time the Eyjafjallajokull volcano has erupted in 180 years and a state of emergency has been announced. There could be flooding in the immediate area.
Scientists are worried about another possible eruption, this time at the neighboring Katla volcano. This could be triggered by the first eruption and it could well cause damage both in Iceland and further afield in other parts of the globe. The Katla volcano has been swelling in recent times.
“We had to leave all our animals behind,” Elin Ragnarsdottir, a 47-year-old farmer, told RUV, Iceland’s national broadcaster from an evacuation center. “We got a call and a text message … and we just went.”
Recent world events with earthquakes, tsunamis and now the volcanic eruption in Iceland have San Franciscans worried. “It makes you ask, are we next?” says long-time resident and world traveler, Francis Witham. “I won’t be traveling to Iceland anytime soon, however,” he says.
Re travel: San Francisco residents who want to travel to Iceland, once conditions are safe again, can find deals online at www.kayak.com. Multiple airlines fly. Prices start at $1269 if you were to leave in the next few days.
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